drift

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[drift]

If you get my drift, you get the basic meaning of what I'm saying. Or, if you move around without a seeming fixed destination, you are said to drift whether you're a snowflake or just a wanderer.

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A driving; a violent movement.

Noun
a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine; "they dug a drift parallel with the vein"

Noun
general meaning or tenor; "caught the drift of the conversation"

Noun
a general tendency to change (as of opinion); "not openly liberal but that is the trend of the book"; "a broad movement of the electorate to the right"

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something that is heaped up by the wind or by water currents

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a force that moves something along

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Noun
the gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane)

Noun
a process of linguistic change over a period of time

Verb
be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current; "snow drifting several feet high"; "sand drifting like snow"

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be subject to fluctuation; "The stock market drifted upward"

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drive slowly and far afield for grazing; "drift the cattle herds westwards"

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cause to be carried by a current; "drift the boats downstream"

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move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment; "The gypsies roamed the woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from one town to the next"; "They ro

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be in motion due to some air or water current; "The leaves were blowing in the wind"; "the boat drifted on the lake"; "The sailboat was adrift on the open sea"; "the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore"

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move in an unhurried fashion; "The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests"

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wander from a direct course or at random; "The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her"; "don''t drift from the set course"

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live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely; "My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school"

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vary or move from a fixed point or course; "stock prices are drifting higher"


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A driving; a violent movement.

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The act or motion of drifting; the force which impels or drives; an overpowering influence or impulse.

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Course or direction along which anything is driven; setting.

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The tendency of an act, argument, course of conduct, or the like; object aimed at or intended; intention; hence, also, import or meaning of a sentence or discourse; aim.

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That which is driven, forced, or urged along

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Anything driven at random.

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A mass of matter which has been driven or forced onward together in a body, or thrown together in a heap, etc., esp. by wind or water; as, a drift of snow, of ice, of sand, and the like.

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A drove or flock, as of cattle, sheep, birds.

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The horizontal thrust or pressure of an arch or vault upon the abutments.

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A collection of loose earth and rocks, or boulders, which have been distributed over large portions of the earth's surface, especially in latitudes north of forty degrees, by the agency of ice.

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In South Africa, a ford in a river.

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A slightly tapered tool of steel for enlarging or shaping a hole in metal, by being forced or driven into or through it; a broach.

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A tool used in driving down compactly the composition contained in a rocket, or like firework.

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A deviation from the line of fire, peculiar to oblong projectiles.

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A passage driven or cut between shaft and shaft; a driftway; a small subterranean gallery; an adit or tunnel.

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The distance through which a current flows in a given time.

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The angle which the line of a ship's motion makes with the meridian, in drifting.

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The distance to which a vessel is carried off from her desired course by the wind, currents, or other causes.

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The place in a deep-waisted vessel where the sheer is raised and the rail is cut off, and usually terminated with a scroll, or driftpiece.

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The distance between the two blocks of a tackle.

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The difference between the size of a bolt and the hole into which it is driven, or between the circumference of a hoop and that of the mast on which it is to be driven.

v. i.
To float or be driven along by, or as by, a current of water or air; as, the ship drifted astern; a raft drifted ashore; the balloon drifts slowly east.

v. i.
To accumulate in heaps by the force of wind; to be driven into heaps; as, snow or sand drifts.

v. i.
to make a drift; to examine a vein or ledge for the purpose of ascertaining the presence of metals or ores; to follow a vein; to prospect.

v. t.
To drive or carry, as currents do a floating body.

v. t.
To drive into heaps; as, a current of wind drifts snow or sand.

v. t.
To enlarge or shape, as a hole, with a drift.

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That causes drifting or that is drifted; movable by wind or currents; as, drift currents; drift ice; drift mud.


Drift

Drift , n. [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.] 1. A driving; a violent movement.
The dragon drew him [self] away with drift of his wings.
2. The act or motion of drifting; the force which impels or drives; an overpowering influence or impulse.
A bad man, being under the drift of any passion, will follow the impulse of it till something interpose.
3. Course or direction along which anything is driven; setting. "Our drift was south." Hakluyt. 4. The tendency of an act, argument, course of conduct, or the like; object aimed at or intended; intention; hence, also, import or meaning of a sentence or discourse; aim.
He has made the drift of the whole poem a compliment on his country in general.
Now thou knowest my drift.
5. That which is driven, forced, or urged along; as: (a) Anything driven at random. "Some log . . . a useless drift." Dryden. (b) A mass of matter which has been driven or forced onward together in a body, or thrown together in a heap, etc., esp. by wind or water; as, a drift of snow, of ice, of sand, and the like.
Drifts of rising dust involve the sky.
We got the brig a good bed in the rushing drift [of ice].
(c) A drove or flock, as of cattle, sheep, birds. [Obs.]
Cattle coming over the bridge (with their great drift doing much damage to the high ways).
6. (Arch.) The horizontal thrust or pressure of an arch or vault upon the abutments. [R.] Knight. 7. (Geol.) A collection of loose earth and rocks, or boulders, which have been distributed over large portions of the earth's surface, especially in latitudes north of forty degrees, by the agency of ice. 8. In South Africa, a ford in a river. 9. (Mech.) A slightly tapered tool of steel for enlarging or shaping a hole in metal, by being forced or driven into or through it; a broach. 10. (Mil.) (a) A tool used in driving down compactly the composition contained in a rocket, or like firework. (b) A deviation from the line of fire, peculiar to oblong projectiles. 11. (Mining) A passage driven or cut between shaft and shaft; a driftway; a small subterranean gallery; an adit or tunnel. 12. (Naut.) (a) The distance through which a current flows in a given time. (b) The angle which the line of a ship's motion makes with the meridian, in drifting. (c) The distance to which a vessel is carried off from her desired course by the wind, currents, or other causes. (d) The place in a deep-waisted vessel where the sheer is raised and the rail is cut off, and usually terminated with a scroll, or driftpiece. (e) The distance between the two blocks of a tackle. 13. The difference between the size of a bolt and the hole into which it is driven, or between the circumference of a hoop and that of the mast on which it is to be driven. &hand; Drift is used also either adjectively or as the first part of a compound. See Drift, a. Drift of the forest (O. Eng. Law), an examination or view of the cattle in a forest, in order to see whose they are, whether they are commonable, and to determine whether or not the forest is surcharged. Burrill.

Drift

Drift, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Drifted; p. pr. & vb. n. Drifting.] 1. To float or be driven along by, or as by, a current of water or air; as, the ship drifted astern; a raft drifted ashore; the balloon drifts slowly east.
We drifted o'er the harbor bar.
2. To accumulate in heaps by the force of wind; to be driven into heaps; as, snow or sand drifts. 3. (mining) to make a drift; to examine a vein or ledge for the purpose of ascertaining the presence of metals or ores; to follow a vein; to prospect. [U.S.]

Drift

Drift , v. t. 1. To drive or carry, as currents do a floating body. J. H. Newman. 2. To drive into heaps; as, a current of wind drifts snow or sand. 3. (Mach.) To enlarge or shape, as a hole, with a drift.

Drift

Drift, a. That causes drifting or that is drifted; movable by wind or currents; as, drift currents; drift ice; drift mud. Kane. Drift anchor. See Sea anchor, and also Drag sail, under Drag, n. -- Drift epoch (Geol.), the glacial epoch. -- Drift net, a kind of fishing net. -- Drift sail. Same as Drag sail. See under Drag, n.

A driving; a violent movement.

To float or be driven along by, or as by, a current of water or air; as, the ship drifted astern; a raft drifted ashore; the balloon drifts slowly east.

To drive or carry, as currents do a floating body.

That causes drifting or that is drifted; movable by wind or currents; as, drift currents; drift ice; drift mud.

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Usage Examples

You can just drift unhappily towards this vision of heaven on earth, and ultimately that is what architecture is a vision of: Heaven on earth, at it's best.

I close my eyes, then I drift away, into the magic night I softly say. A silent prayer, like dreamers do, then I fall asleep to dream my dreams of you.

Before this government came to power, many failing schools were simply allowed to drift on in a pattern of continuing failure. The government is determined to break that pattern and is successfully doing so.

All the laws and legislation in the world will never heal this world like the loving hearts and arms of mothers and fathers. If every child could drift to sleep feeling wrapped in the love of their family - and God's love - this world would be a far more gentle and better place.

The traditional spokespersons for the Evangelicals, such as Chuck Colson and James Dobson, have become alarmed about this drift away from the 'Family Values' issues that they believe should be the overwhelming concerns of Evangelicals. They have expressed their displeasure in letters of protest circulated through the religious media.

Misspelled Form

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Other Usage Examples

The reason this country continues its drift toward socialism and big nanny government is because too many people vote in the expectation of getting something for nothing, not because they have a concern for what is good for the country.

Teach love, generosity, good manners and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows, the children will be educating the parents.

We also own a little boat and I'm like a kid with it. I take off early in the morning, fishing rod in tow, and just drift about the ocean all day.

The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.

I don't turn to greeting cards for wisdom and advice, but they are a fine reflection of the general drift of the culture.

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